Gender Studies Programme - MPhil in Gender Studies (before Aug 2022)

Gender Studies is an interdisciplinary programme with a unifying focus on gender as a theoretical perspective or as a subject of analysis. It allows students to bring together different disciplinary and methodological approaches for the advancement of gender studies.

Commenced in 1998, the M.Phil. Programme in Gender Studies at CUHK is Hong Kong's first graduate programme in gender studies. The programme emphasizes both theoretical knowledge and research skills.

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Supervision and Subject Discipline

    Students of MPhil in Gender Studies are usually supervised by a professorial grade teacher of a subject discipline from a respective department at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. Subject disciplines include but are not limited to the followings: Anthropology, Chinese Language and Literature, Communication, Cultural Studies, Educational Administration and Policy, English, Fine Arts, Government and Public Administration, History, Japanese Studies, Psychology, Religious Studies, Sociology, Social Work and Translation. A list of our current students and graduates' supervisor can be found here for reference. For a list of departments at our university, please visit our University's website.

    The name of the subject discipline will be shown on the graduation transcripts, in the form of "M.Phil. in Gender Studies (subject discipline)" (a sample can be downloaded here). While on the graduation certificates, only the name of "Gender Studies" will be shown.

Who should apply?

Applicants may come from a variety of backgrounds. While a degree in gender studies is not required, applicants should have some knowledge of gender studies and good background in their intended research perspective.

Period of study

Full-time: normative period: 2 years; maximum period: 4 years;

Part-time: normative period: 3 years; maximum period: 5 years

Tuition Fee

HK$42,100 per annum (tentative)

For local full-time students, please refer to the Tuition Waiver Scheme for Local Research Postgraduate (RPg) for details.

Scholarship & Financial Assistance

I. Postgraduate Studentship (for students admitted within quota)

  • For full-time research postgraduate students.
  • Annual studentship of HK$216,300 (approx. US$27,730). Payable during normative period of study.
  • The award of the studentship will be made known to students with the admission offers.

II. Research Postgraduate Student Grant for Overseas Academic Activities  (for students admitted within quota)

  • Full-time Research Doctoral Student: Maximum HK$15,000 in total during the normative period of study.
  • Full-time Research Master’s Student: Maximum HK$10,000 in total during the normative period of study.

III. Tuition Waiver Scheme (for local research postgraduate students)

  • Starting from the 2018-19 academic year, the Government grants a tuition waiver to all current and newly admitted local1 full-time research postgraduate (RPg) students enrolled in UGC-funded RPg programmes for their entire normative period of study.
  • Local1 full-time RPg students who are admitted to the University without postgraduate studentships are not eligible for this Scheme.
  • For more details, please visit the website of University Grants Committee (UGC).
IV. Tertiary Student Finance Scheme
  • Publicly-funded Programmes (TSFS) administrated by the Student Finance Office of the Hong Kong Government.
  • For full-time local students taking up exclusively UGC-funded or publicly-funded programmes

V. Other scholarships or funding: 

  • The University offers a number of scholarships, prizes and awards to recognize students' outstanding academic and non-academic performance. Other exchange scholarships, university bursaries and loans are also available. Please visit the website of the Office of Admissions and Financial Aid for details.  



For Gender Studies's courses, lectures are in English. While for discussion and students' presentation, students can use the language they feel most comfortable with, as long as the lecturers and students concerned understand that language. Meanwhile, most courses use English reading materials.

Coursework Requirements

Required Course of the Gender Studies Programme (9 credit units)

Gender Studies: Theory

Gender Studies: Methodology

Advanced Topics in Gender Studies I

Advanced Topics in Gender Studies II

Course Requirements of the Subject Disciplines

Course requirements vary among different subject departments. The requirements may be adjusted at the discretion of the assigned subject departments. Subject disciplines' course requirements can be found at the Students are required to publish their research findings and complete their theses in order to fulfill graduation requirement.

The study scheme of 2020-21 is available for your reference.

For a brief description of the courses, please see here.


Full-time M.Phil. students are eligible to apply for on-campus residence. Information can be found here.

Admission Requirements

Please refer to the admission requirements of MPhil in Graduate School's website.

Application Method

Step 1

Explore study/research options for MPhil in Gender Studies

Learn about the admission requirements, application methods and deadlines.

Decide on your intended subject discipline.

Decide on a topic of research.

(Optional) Find a potential supervisor from Gender Studies Programme or the department of your intended subject discipline and contact them. 

Step 2
Preparation for your application

Prepare the documents/additional information required for application.

Write your research proposal.

Step 3

Create an Account to Submit Online Application

Input your intended subject discipline at the  "Field of Study" in the application form.

Application for admission may be submitted from 1 September 2020.

Step 4

Ensure the required supporting documents  (including confidential recommendation from referee) are received by Gender Studies Programme by the application deadline

A soft copy of all your supporting documents should be uploaded to the online application system.

The original copy of the document proving your English language proficiency should be sent to the Gender Studies Programme by postal mail.

Step 5

Check your Application Status

Check your email for correspondence from Gender Studies Programme and log in to the Online Application System to check your application status. 

Supporting documents for Application

Required supporting documents for application of MPhil in Gender Studies:  

1. All the documents listed in the Graduate School’s website

2. A CV (optional)

3. A Research Proposal (in word or pdf format)
The quality of the research proposal is crucial to the success of an application. The purpose of the proposal is to briefly describe to the Admission Panel the research project the applicants wish to pursue. A brief description of the intended research topic, objectives, and methods should be presented. The proposal should include the following items:

  • What is the topic of the proposed study? What questions will be addressed?
  • Why is this topic important and why does it interest the applicants? A full survey of the literature is not expected to be offered, but if possible, do indicate how the research will differ from research that has already been done.
  • What methodology do the applicants propose to use in the research
  • The proposal can be written in English or Chinese. Providing an English abstract will be appreciated if the proposal is in Chinese. The length of the proposal should be between 5 to 8 pages.

*Please upload an electronic copy of all your supporting documents to the online application system. For a CV or research proposal which do not have their own category in the upload system, please upload them under the "certificates" category.

*Please send by postal mail the original copy of  your  (1) supporting documents for your English proficiency requirement to the Gender Studies Programme by the application deadline.

Postal Address of Gender Studies Programme:

Room 250, Sino Building, Chung Chi College, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Shatin, New Territories, Hong Kong

Admission Talks

Information Session for Admission of Mphil and PhD in Gender Studies 2021 

Date: 6 Nov 2020 (Fri)

Time: 20:00 – 21:30

Venue: Online Zoom Platform (link to Zoom seminar provided after registration)

Speaker: Prof. Yiu-Tung SUEN, Graduate Division Head, Gender Studies Programme, The Chinese University of Hong Kong

Theme: Tips on Writing a Gender Studies Research Proposal

Registartion Link 




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